While many Americans may know of the Dalai Lama, they know markedly little about the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition that he actually represents. This course traces the contours of this fascinating tradition, with a primary focus on its historical formation, philosophical underpinnings, primary texts, schools and lineages, and recent political issues. We delve into various forms of literature, from historical treatises and colonial scholarship to contemporary expositions on ethics and technology. We focus on features distinctive to this tradition, including Tantric practices, monastic structures, unique rituals, and artistic practices.
Note: Fulfills History requirement for MDiv students with a concentration in Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement.